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Anatomy of a Dinner Party (A Timeline of Caesar Salad, Spaghetti and Meatballs, and Flourless Chocolate Cake All Cooked And Served in A Single Day)


My friend Ryan O’Connell is one of my favorite people. If you don’t know who he is, hop on to Amazon now and check out his book, I’m Special, and come back here once you’ve bought it and read it.

Pappa alla Pomodoro (Or: How To Eat Tomato Sauce and Bread For Dinner)


I’ve been really into tomatoes this summer. Every Sunday I’ve been going to the Atwater Village Farmer’s Market, buying some juicy heirlooms, and using them in sandwiches, salads, tomato baths, you get the idea.

Let’s Try That Again

If you had trouble loading up the blog this week, that’s because, in my naiveté, I thought I could just tear everything down without any consequences.

Oh Hi There


Funny story. Recently, I revived (and redesigned) my Hey, Adam Roberts blog, the blog I created when, two years ago, I got my first job as a TV writer and decided to throw in the towel as a food blogger.

Oatmeal with Toasted Coconut, Almonds, and Golden Raisins


I’m no oatmeal expert, but I do make a lot of oatmeal. OK, maybe I am an oatmeal expert. For a while, I was toasting the oats in butter (a trick I once wrote about here) which kind of makes the oatmeal taste like buttered popcorn.

Meaty Mushrooms on Cheesy Polenta


Mushrooms are scary. Eat the wrong one, and it can kill you or make you think you’re Jesus (luckily, if you think you’re Jesus and it kills you, you can raise yourself from the dead).

Popping Over To Portland (with Meals at Clyde Common, Sweedeedee, Aviary, Maurice, Ava Gene’s, and Tasty & Alder)


I’m not sure what the sequence was. Let’s say it was this: we were going to Bellingham, Washington for Christmas (as we usually do) and just before we left, Tom Sietsema, of The Washington Post, ranked the best food cities in America and put Portland in at number one.

Thinking About Soup (In Memory of Gina DePalma)


On New Year’s Day, I didn’t eat a salad, I didn’t hop on a treadmill, I didn’t write the annual letter to myself that I’ve been writing since I read about doing that in some magazine half a decade ago.

When Your Friend Makes Sourdough, You Make Cioppino


My friend Toby grew up in Berkeley and whenever we see each other, we talk about all of the things we might cook together one day.

Big Fat Coconut Cookies


These days, I don’t worry too much about reinterpreting other people’s recipes. I’m happy just to point you in a direction and say, “Do what they say to do!

Dinner at Orsa & Winston


Confession: we had an amazing dinner on Saturday night at Orsa & Winston here in L.A. and when we left the restaurant, I forgot to ask for a copy of the menu (which changes every day).

Spaghetti with Crispy Chickpeas and Preserved Lemon


Tom Colicchio’s always like “you didn’t develop any flavor” on Top Chef and most people are probably like “what’s he talking about?

When A Frenchman Cooks You Dinner


For a while, our friend Cris has wanted to cook us dinner. The fact that we didn’t make it happen immediately won’t seem like a big deal until I tell you that Cris is French.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Hacks


Controversial statement: all chocolate chip cookie recipes are basically the same. Sure, some are better than others (The New York Times recipe is probably the best one out there) but they’re all different ratios of butter, brown sugar, regular sugar, eggs, vanilla, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and chocolate.

My Friend Josh


One of the best people that I know is my friend Josh Phillipson. You may recognize Josh’s name because he was the one who urged me to start The Amateur Gourmet in the first place.

My Secret Blog

Hi Amateur Gourmet readers, I have a secret: I’ve been blogging behind your back. A few weeks ago, I started a blog using my own name: heyadamroberts.com.

My Secret Blog

Hi Amateur Gourmet readers, I have a secret: I’ve been blogging behind your back. A few weeks ago, I started a blog using my own name: heyadamroberts.com.

OK, I Lied: It Sucks To Cook After Work


Remember that time that I was a full-time food blogger? And I had the nerve to say things like: “You can cook after work!

OK, I Lied: It Sucks To Cook After Work


Remember that time that I was a full-time food blogger? And I had the nerve to say things like: “You can cook after work!

OK, I Lied: It Sucks To Cook After Work


Remember that time that I was a full-time food blogger? And I had the nerve to say things like: “You can cook after work!


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